The presidential race’s spending reports make it hard to think of the contenders as just folks — as if their personal wealth already didn’t. Among the second-quarter nuggets, as noted by the New York Times:
Mitt Romney spent $31,000 to rent Boston’s Fenway Park for a barbecue, and $300 for make-up appointments (including one he missed) at a California salon.
Barack Obama spent $40,000 at the Chicago restaurant Carnivale. He has 23 offices in Iowa and six in New Hampshire. And on the same day he told a union gathering in New Jersey that he would not shop at Wal-Mart, some of his New Hampshire staffers spent $93.92 on office supplies at a Wal-Mart.
Hillary Clinton spent $44,424 on photography.
Rudy Giuliani paid $74,603 for supplies and catering at country clubs, including $53,685 at Trump International in Florida.
Chris Dodd spent $650 on carbon offsets.
Posted by Rhonda Holman
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